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Summing Up For Prasad’s Case Today At High Court

Summing Up For Prasad’s Case Today At High Court
Jai Prasad outside Court .Photo: RONALD KUMAR.
June 16
09:07 2017

The rape trial of radio announcer, Jai Prasad, 35, charged with one count of rape, ended yesterday.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Vincent Perera and assessors heard closing submissions made by the defence and prosecution lawyers.

Justice Perera will deliver his summing up today.

In her closing submissions, state prosecutor, Moira Konrote told the court that the complainant was truthful in her evidence and she did not make up her story.

Ms Konrote told the assessors that the complainant was consistent in her answers to the court and she did so honestly.

However, she alleged that the accused was evading questions and took time to answer questions.

The only mistake that the complainant made on the night of the alleged incident was that she trusted Prasad, Ms Konrote said.

She claimed her client was raped by the accused who she regarded as someone close to the family.

However, defence lawyer, Jitendra Reddy, told the assessors that the prosecution’s allegation on his client was formed on the basis that Prasad had anal sex with the complainant.

And from the evidence of the state witness, a doctor who was the Head of the Department for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at CWM said it was clear that there were no injuries to the complainant’s private part.

He told the court that it was noted during the trial that the complainant herself had evaded questions and took so much time to answer them.

Mr Reddy in addition said that the complainant kept crying in court – he questioned – was it to seek sympathy from the court?

He further told the court that the complainant’s own statements were contradictory.

He said the complainant did not resist Prasad’s actions when she could on the night of July 30, 2016.

Mr Reddy stated that his client and the complainant both had consensual sex.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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